Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
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A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman (Winds of Change #3)

It’s 1932, and small-town girl Annie Kennedy has lost her parents, her faith in God, and her home. Starting over in Boston, Annie is determined to run in the same fast circles as her older sister, Maggie. Weekends spent at Ocean Pier and a local speakeasy provide plenty of boys, Dr. Pepper, and repeat encounters with Steven O’Connor, a handsome officer who sees Annie as an innocent. Steven’s perceptions of Annie may not be the greatest obstacle to their happiness if a family secret comes to light.

Lessman continues the Winds of Change series by exploring faith and the dangerous impact of secrets in courtship and in marriage. Annie and the O’Connor women struggle with issues of truth and temptation in a real way that builds empathy near the climax in a heart-rending plot twist. Lessman jazzes up the romantic subplot with moments of passion and temptation but keeps it aboveboard for inspirational fiction readers.

This review first appeared in the February 2013 issue of HNR. I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of a review.

This entry was posted in: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance


Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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